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Listed here are the wartime diaries of Wayne Nelson, an OSS officer who served in North Africa and Europe in the course of international struggle II. A prewar colleague of Allan Dulles, Nelson joined an child OSS after failing to hitch the army as a result of a imaginative and prescient incapacity, and he went directly to serve in North Africa, Sicily, Sardinia, Italy, Corsica, and mainland France. Erudite and a talented author, Nelson captured interesting observations approximately the most very important secret agent operations of the battle, and his diaries provide an exciting, readable and informative glimpse into the lifetime of a undercover agent in the course of global conflict II.

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After fifteen days on floors of dirty, little steamers and packing cases, I take Max’s bed for the night, since he is in Brindisi. This will be the first night’s sleep in a bed in sixteen days. And I’ll be dammed if those Germans don’t pick this night to raid. M. the alarm sounded. You could hear people running in the street in about fifteen seconds on their way to the shelter. We had the windows and shutters shut, so could see nothing. Frank finally got up after the guns started and we heard a couple of bombs in the distance.

The boat is filthy. C rations are all that is served for all meals in the officers mess. An American Ack-Ack crew is also on board. Sometime that night we pull out. October 22, 1943 The day is again calm. The corvette is about 1 ⁄ 2 mile ahead. Then comes our ship. Then the other LST, about 500 yards behind us. We *OSS Field Report 32 3. La Maddalena 33 don’t sight a thing the next day. Traffic is still pretty much confined to the African coastline this far east — the Germans bombed a convoy just off that coast about ten days ago and got several ships.

We give them some chewing gum or candy. As we pass by on the street, almost any place, there are often cute little Arab kids who come to attention and salute. May 13, 1943 Yesterday was my birthday and we had not had any raids for a couple of weeks. The campaign in Tunis had just finished and we were all thinking that there would be no more excitement of that nature. Sheila 28 A Spy’s Diary of World War II persuaded the cook to make me a cake and they went out in the country and got some chicken.

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